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CHIEF

this off and handed It to me and told me to put it
on my naked body—it was cold and I had left my
clothes in the bush and was shivering—and the
chief took my blanket and covered his own body
with It. Then he took hold of my arm and said
to me:

c "You will find a pony tied at the end of this
coulee. Now3 go! If you live long enough,
when you are an old man you will be able to tell
the story of the Piegan chief who spared when you
should have been killed/'

'That is the story I had to tell you/ said Chief
Carry-the-Kettles looking kindly over toward the
Blackfoot chiefs. *I am getting to be an old man
now; and if that chief is still living, I want you to
tell him tfiat I told you that story. And though
he and his people have always been the enemies
of my people,, I want you also to tell him that I
have prayed for him at every Sun Dance the
Assiniboines have held since that night. An&a-
wastaytch Seehasapa (Good-bye^ Blackfeet)* That
la all I have to say/

When the chief sat down, one of our chiefs,
Chief Niokskatas, arose and said:

'That chief who saved your life was my father.
We were all boys then3 but every one of our chiefs
here has heard that story from my father's lips,
and we well remember the night It happened on
the Milk River* You owe your life to your own

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